May 26, 2016, Mason, OHIO – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions played host to Toronto FC Academy for the home opener and came away with a well-earned 2-0 victory.  Austin Smythe led the team scoring two goals in the second half.  The victory moves the Lions into second place in the Great Lakes Conference standings.

After a day filled with lightning and thunderstorms the evening gave way to clear skies and the night was perfect for a soccer match.  Both teams started the match tentatively, trying to hold possession and looking for opportunities in the counter attack.  Cincinnati had the first quality chance on goal in the 13th off a corner kick from Martyn Sayer.  His back post cross was met by Jake Stovall and was headed on goal, but was cleared off the line.

Toronto FC picked up the pace of play and created several chances, but each shot was blocked by a CDL fullback.  In the 28th minute, TFC had their best chance of the half when Rickie Ennin received a through ball in the box and cut his shot just wide far post.  It was the first of his four shots for the game.

The half ended with neither squad playing its best soccer and the score 0-0.

The second half started with a bang when substitute Jake Meyer earned a corner kick just 90 seconds into the half.  The corner went far post and was headed by Christian Hay back to the penalty spot where an onrushing Smythe hammered his first-time volley into the back of the net.  The 47th minute goal gave the Lions their first lead of the season.

The goal led to both teams opening up the play and end-to-end soccer ensued for the next 20 minutes.  Each team had 4 shots on goal, but none were of concern for the goalkeepers.  Each team brought on substitutes with 20 minutes to play and Cincinnati’s added value in minutes. R.J. Best stole the ball at midfield and sent Matt Vasquenza down the flank.  He was able to beat the outside defender and get to the endline.  His cross was low and hard into the goalie box.  Meyer just missed getting a touch at the near post, but Smythe was far post for the tap-in. The 2-0 lead with just 14 minutes remaining gave the Lions confidence that a home opener victory was within reach.

Cincinnati closed out the match with a strong defensive effort and keeper Dane Wilson earned his first shutout of the season.


Venue:  Mason Multi-Purpose Field, Mason

Attendance:  104

Weather:  Partly Sunny



Cincinnati – Smythe (Hay)  47′

Cincinnati – Smythe (Vasquenza) 76′


Toronto-Mike Marcontaniu-yellow  43′

Cincinnati-Brett Elder-yellow 64′

Cincinnati-Jake Meyer-yellow 85′


CINCINNATI DUTCH LIONS FC:  Wilson, Merhaut, Hay, Stovall, Best, Roberts (Lamont 45′), Dupont (R. Meyer 70′), Melink (Vasquenza 67′), Elder (Clark 67′), Sawyer (J. Meyer 45′), Smythe

TORONTON FC ACADEMY: Darren, Furlano, Stakic, Dias (Cela 67′), Campbell (Sakurai), Sabely, Ennin, Mandekic (Osorio 54′), Sohn (Rollocks), Marcontaniu (Phillip 54′), Mickosi

Shots –  Cincinnati 9   Toronto 10

Corners – Cincinnati 5 Toronto 3

Saves – Cincinnati 10  Toronto 7

Fouls – Cincinnati 13  Toronto 10

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